The Betway Conditions Stakes is the centrepiece at Lingfield and Flat enthusiasts will be relishing the return of one runner.
TOAST OF NEW YORK is a global favourite and Jamie Osbourne will be counting his blessings he's got his stable star back on the track. If the six year old son of Thewayyouare retains all of his ability then he should decimate the field. Nonetheless, he does have to overcome an absence of overs three years after being cursed with injuries. Toast Of New York declared himself one of the finest horses on the Polytrack after going from a 16 length winner of a Wolverhampton novice contest to hacking up by two and a half lengths in the UAE Derby at Meydan in March 2014. The horse finished down the field in the Belmont Derby but he delivered a brilliant performance in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita that same year. Toast Of New York almost became the first British-trained winner since 2008 to clinch the prestigious race but finished second to Bayern, with the classy California Chrome back in third. Toast Of New York hasn't run since and during that period he's been purchased by Al Shaqab Racing. Osbourne's charge carries no penalty for his Group One win because of his time out while the Lambourn handler shows a 55% better than expected win rate with his horses coming off over a year's absence. Frankie Dettori takes the reins on Toast Of New York for the first time and he also has a 42% better than expected record at Lingfield over 10 furlongs.
PETITE JAC could serve it up to Toast Of New York. Archie Watson's charge tops BTO+ ratings heading into the affair and has fitness very much on his side. The four year old son of Champs Elysees has been in solid form and the gelding's confidence will be high. Petite Jack notched a half a length success at Chelmsford in September, while he also finished fourth in Listed company over today's course and distance last month. Luke Morris rides and will likely to try to take Toast Of New York into the trenches and make it a war of attrition. Petite Jack has 13 positives on BTO+ ratings and one of those is Watson and Morris' strike rate at Lingfield which is 32% better than expected.
INTERN is an interesting runner for David Simcock. The Rip Van Winkle gelding has only had four races but is clearly well thought of by connections. Intern was first trained by David Wachman as a juvenile and won on debut before finishing behind Capri at Tipperary. The gelding was then switched to Ralph Beckett last season and finished second in a Group Three at Sandown before he was a seven and a half length 11th in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. Intern has the scope to improve further and could easily be better than his official rating of 103. The three year old has his maiden start for Simcock, who boasts a 24% better than expected strike rate when his new recruits make their debuts under his stewardship.
MR SCARAMANGA was regarded highly enough to run in the St James's Palace Stakes at the Royal meeting but has failed to score in his past seven races and has to show more.
Osbourne also saddles EVERY CHANCE, who might set the gallop for Toast Of New York.
Article Posted on Wednesday 6th December 2017 @ 07.32
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